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Acrolon Technologies, Sonoma, CA, has developed a Smart Phone application that connects to their TankNET® fermentation control software. One can now monitor and control temperatures by tank lot or code, see the latest Brix measurements and review in-depth fermentation graphs via the iPhone, Android and other Smart Phones. For more information, check out the animated demo at www.acrolon.com or call (707) 938-1300.
Ben Franklin Press & Label Co. of Napa received two gold awards, including Best of Show, for outstanding achievement in wine labels at the 2010 Showcase of Print/Design Excellence, held at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center on May 6th. Gold awards are only given to nominees that receive over 90 points from the panel of judges, and Ben Franklin picked up two of the only three golds awarded in the label category. The Best of Show prize was given for a label produced for Lancaster Estate. Besides the top award, Ben Franklin was honored with another gold award for a label produced for Round Pond Estate.
Blackmer®, Grand Rapids, MI, launched their Smart Energy™ web site, detailing the energy-saving benefits of Blackmer® pumps. The web site describes the advantages for manufacturing operations incorporating Blackmer® pumping equipment and technologies in an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient manner. By using the Energy Calculator, operations managers can calculate how much energy they would save should they use Blackmer® pumping equipment. For information and links regarding Blackmer®’s Smart Energy products, the 20-page “Smart Energy Flow Solutions Pump Guide” and Smart Energy tips and FAQs, please visit www.BlackmerSmartEnergy.com.
TandDCorporation, Saratoga Springs, NY, launched the NEW RTR-500 Data Logging System, which allows users to monitor and download data without having to physically retrieve the loggers. Functioning as a base station or as a repeater, this instrument allows for warning notifications via email from remote locations. New features of the system include improved transmission range of up to 500 ft. line of sight, enhanced battery life of one year standard or up to four years with the optional large battery pack, and twice the downloading speed of its predecessors. For more information, please visit www.tandd.com.
American Tartaric Products is pleased to announce that they have recently added Bartlett Winery Products to their portfolio of suppliers. C.E. Bartlett Pty Ltd. has established an excellent reputation as a manufacturer of after market press bladder membranes and has been a supplier to the US wine market for many years. Bartlett has captured almost 90% of the market in Australia, and the reason is simple, quality and excellent after sales support. These membranes have a unique three (3) year warranty and are manufactured from urethane that is nearly 4 times stronger than traditional PVC materials.
Marty Sychowski has been named president of All American Containers of The Pacific Coast, LLC, a new division of AAC serving the Northern and Central Coast of California, Oregon, Washington and Western States with wine bottles, boxes, labels, and closures.
The Napa, Calif., wine label supplier introduced Collotype Digital, with 7-color HP Indigo 45000, foil stamping, embossing, varnishing, laminating and die cutting for Indigo printed pressure sensitive labels. The many advantages to HP Indigo printing include eco-friendly HP ElectroInk, reduced order quantities, lower label costs, multiple proofing options, variable data and personalization, highly refined print quality, and brand security. Collotype has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and Rainforest Alliance and is a member of the Organic trade association. Learn more at collotypedigitallabels.com.
Oak stave producer Groupe Charlois and Tonnellerie Saury (including Leroi, Ermitage and Berthomieu brands) joined forces to create an integrated production chain for environmentally sustainable cooperage. Learn more at groupecharlois.com.
O-I, the world’s largest manufacturer of glass containers, is launching its lightest-ever North American wine bottle, which is up to 27 percent lighter than similar wine bottles. Manufactured at the company’s California manufacturing facilities, the new bottles weigh just 11.6 ounces.
WS Packaging, Algoma, Wis., developed the ASD 100-Spin-Case dual-function label applicator, combining bottle and case labeling systems in a single portable package. This compact unit allows for changeovers and quick relocation, as well as semi-automatic and automatic labeling for both round containers and case labeling. Learn more at wspackaging.com.
The Packaging Sector of Saint-Gobain has launched Verallia, a new international brand dedicated to the manufacturing activities of glass bottles and jars.
Owens-Illinois, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of glass packaging, today announced an aggressive plan to significantly reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions across its worldwide operations during the next decade.
Lechler, Inc. offers a complete line of products for cleaning tanks and vessels of all sizes. Included in that line are Mini-Whirling nozzles, designed to clean smaller vessels up to 3 feet in diameter, such as kegs, drums, barrels, totes, and carboys. All have rotating heads which create flow movement for more effective cleaning. Models include:
Wine is a premium product that has always demanded high end packaging. Historically this has meant glass bottles, cork closures, impressive labeling and cartons. Market demand for alternative packaging options that reduce carbon foot print, and landfill space continues to grow. Consumers expect solutions that are significant... economically viable, and sustainable.
ACH Foam Technologies is the first EPS molder in the US to offer 60% recycled content EPS packaging, through its WineLoc wine shipping containers. ACH Foam’s WineLoc packaging uses EcoSix, a recycled molding bead by RAPAC. The first EPS packaging made of 60% or more recycled content, WineLoc offers superior protective performance – making it one of the most efficient packaging materials for the wine industry. It’s been a long time coming. The public has clamored for environmentally sound packaging products and recycling solutions. EPS manufacturers have banded together to facilitate recycling of EPS with take-back programs as well as corporate recycling programs. Now, with 60% recycled and recyclable EPS wine shipping containers, wine distributors have a strong environmental marketing position to stand on. According to Ken Adams, VP Marketing for RAPAC, typical EPS packaging has contained either only virgin material or from 10 to 30% recycled content. “That recycled component was post-industrial scrap. An important distinction is that RAPAC’s recycled beads are made of at least 60% reclaimed foam from product that has been diverted from the nation’s landfills,” explained Adams. No other manufacturer has succeeded in producing EPS packaging with greater than 60% recycled content to date. “There are two key challenges to creating EPS packaging with higher quantities of recycled material,” said Adams. “First is the problem of strength. As you add recycled molding beads to virgin beads, the product loses strength. Secondly, supply of the recycled beads is limited at this point in time.” WineLoc with EcoSix required reinventing the manufacturing and formulation processes. Effectively manufacturing WineLoc containing 60% recycled content required significant testing and support of industry specialists to achieve a high quality product that provided the protection that virgin EPS packaging has been known for. The initial products struggled to pass drop tests and required fine tuning of the manufacturing process to ensure customers would receive consistently high quality products that met ACH Foam's standards. Erich Brandt, VP of Sales & Marketing of ACH Foam Technologies said, “EcoSix recycled EPS molding beads have been available for several months through RAPAC, which is the country’s largest recycler of EPS. But the process of molding the recycled beads into packaging that is sufficiently strong took some months of trial and error. The first test products did not pass drop tests because the recycled molding beads would not bond together as well as virgin beads. As a result, the packaging would break apart. Our technicians worked for months to perfect the molding process to bring our recycled EPS packaging up to ACH Foam’s quality standards.” After months of testing, ACH Foam Technologies' packaging products containing EcoSix have successfully passed ISTA 3A drop tests for 60% recycled content. Because of limited supply of EcoSix molding beads, ACH Foam Technologies is initially providing only WineLoc packaging products containing 60% recycled content. However, EcoSix is available upon request in limited quantities in other EPS packaging. As ACH Foam Technologies further perfects the manufacturing process, the manufacturer anticipates offering additional packaging products that are made with EcoSix on a regular basis. ACH Foam Technologies and RAPAC will strive jointly to continuously increase recycled content in EPS packaging, “We’re aiming for as close to 100% as we can get,” said Brandt. “This is round one of an exciting development in environmentally- friendly EPS packaging.”

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